Arsene Wenger has stated that he feels that the win over Wigan Athletic in this FA Cup semifinals could prove to be the turning point of the season for the club. Since they are coming up against a Championship club in the semifinals, Arsenal were overwhelming favourites to register a win and progress to the FA Cup finals, which was also the last trophy that the club lifted back in 2005. However, Wigan have come into this position after having beaten big clubs like Manchester City along the way and they proved that they are able to compete with the best.
Jordi Gomez scored a penalty in the second half to get Wigan a lead in the match. For long periods of the match, it looked like this advantage would be enough to see Wigan in the second consecutive FA Cup final. They were holders of the competition, but Arsenal came back into the encounter following a goal from Per Mertesacker in the 80th minute. They then went on to win the match 4-2 on penalties, which puts them in the finals against Hull City. Following this match, the club also managed to go on and register a 3-1 win over West Ham in the Premier League.
Wenger says that this win could be the turning point of the season.
“There was a lot at stake for us. You know how it is today in football. Had we gone out of course we would have been tremendously questioned and I knew it was a turning point of our season. To go out on Saturday would have been very difficult. But we have shown resilience and nerves, and that is an important quality at the top level. It means a lot for the club, and I want to win,” said Wenger.